Linebacker Ernie Sims said he "most definitely" intends to appeal the $50,000 fine he received for hitting Titans wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins.
"I really really hate the fact that I got fined $50,000. I don't care how much money you make, that's a ton of money," Sims said. "For anyone to take it away from me for something I do on the field, I just think it’s crazy. But this is the league that I play in, I've got to respect that."
On the play, Sims said he was watching the quarterback, and, seeing pass about to go up, only saw Hawkins when he turned.
"As soon as I turned my head around, I saw the guy, the receiver right there, so I just took the initiative to go ahead and take him out," Sims said. "In their eyes I was hitting a defenseless receiver. In my eyes I felt like I was making a play."
As a repeat offender, Sims said he has been warned that a suspension could follow for another violation.
"They clearly stated that in my fine and that’s something I don’t want to do … that’s hurting my team," Sims said. "I’m going to try my hardest not to put my team in that situation, but at the same time I’m going to go and play football."
Asked about the fine defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said he wants his players to "stay aggressive."
As for whether any Titans took issue with the hit, Sims said no.
"They were probably afraid I’d hit them too," he said.
Special teams coordinator Bobby April said the team still hasn't decided if DeSean Jackson will return punts this week if he plays. Both Jackson and Jorrick Calvin will field punts during practice.
But April was talking as if he expects Jackson to play, saying that with Riley Cooper playing a reduced offensive role (presumably because he would be the fourth, instead of third receiver), that Cooper will be more available for special teams.
The Eagles will need an extra special teams body because Dimitri Patterson, one of their best special teamers, is starting at cornerback.
Patterson said he his staying on an even keel before his first ever start and a date against Peyton Manning.
"I’m just going to be disciplined. Disciplined, that’s the word of the week, that’s the word of my career, actually, but the word of the week is being as disciplined as I can be and do it for four quarters, maybe five, six, however many needed," Patterson said.
"I’m a day-by-day guy and that’s how you have to be in this league. Look too far ahead and you get punched in the mouth," Patterson said. "I’m not trying to look that far ahead. Right now I’m just trying to get through Thursday, I’m trying to have a sound practice today. Then I’ll worry about Friday, and Saturday comes, then, Sunday, I’m going to show what I’ve got."